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Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is a newly ACGME accredited three-year training program that leads to board eligibility in the fields of both pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. The inaugural class began training in July 2018. The program is a replacement of our longstanding ACGME-accredited training program in pulmonary disease. This new program allows us to provide our trainees with additional training and experience in critical care medicine.

All incoming fellows are expected to have successfully completed a three-year ACGME-accredited training program in Internal Medicine and be ABIM board eligible in Internal Medicine.

Training occurs predominantly at the sponsoring institution, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, with two additional months of subspecialty ICU training at Maimonides Medical Center (cardiothoracic ICU, 1 month) and Mount Sinai Medical Center (neuro ICU, 1 month).


  • Provide advanced training allowing trainees to acquire the expertise to function competently as a physician in the subspecialty of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
  • The fellow will be able to provide specialized care, perform all required procedures, educate and conduct research activities in the discipline of pulmonary/critical care.
  • At the completion of the three-year training period, the fellow will demonstrate the acquisition of the skills and experience required to successfully sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Certifying Examinations.

The program has been designed to expose the fellows to a wide range of diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient settings so as to give them the exposure and experience in the field of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. In addition, there are conferences covering the core curriculum, radiology, physiology, pathology and case conferences. There is a monthly journal club where topical peer-reviewed articles will be discussed and analyzed. There is also a monthly research conference where there are discussions regarding research and analysis and where the progress made by the fellows in their research efforts will be reviewed. All fellows are additionally expected to attend the division’s morbidity and mortality conference, as well as the QI conference. Fellows are required to participate in research efforts. Specific blocks of protected time are given to each fellow and the resources necessary for them to pursue their research efforts.

Patient Characteristics and Types of Clinical Encounters
Fellows will evaluate patients with a wide range of pulmonary disorders. Patients will be seen on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Fellows will assess patients as part of the inpatient pulmonary consultation process and present each case to a pulmonary attending. Each assessment will be evaluated, and the disease process discussed in depth. This will include interpretation of X-rays, CT scans and other studies performed as part of the assessment. The ambulatory patient will be evaluated in the Chest Clinic. Each patient seen by the fellow will be presented to an attending along with all pertinent studies performed. The outpatient approach to the disease process will be discussed in depth.

Participating Sites
The Brooklyn Hospital Center, sponsoring institution (31 months)
Mount Sinai Medical Center (1 month, neuro-critical care)
Maimonides Medical Center (1 month, cardiothoracic ICU)

Block Schedule
TBHC Pulmonary/ Critical Care Fellowship Training Program:

  F-1 ( Months) F-2 ( Months) F-3 ( Months)
Consultation (TBHC) 3 3 1
ICU (TBHC) 4 1 1
RCU (TBHC) 2 2 1
Elective   1 2
Vacation 1 1 1
Research   1 1
Night Float 2 2 2
Neurocritical Care (Mount Sinai)   1  
Cardiothoracic ICU (Maimonides)     1
CCU     1
SICU     1
Continuity Clinic (half-day session every Monday) 9 9 8

Call Schedule
Two months Night Float per year. ICU fellow is on call in house Friday overnight (24 hours). Weekend Call: 8 am to 8 pm 1:6.


Louis Gerolemou, DOLouis Gerolemou, DO
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Chief Pulmonary Medicine

James Gasperino, MDJames Gasperino, MD
Chair, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care

Viswanath Vasudevan, MDViswanath Vasudevan, MD
Program Director Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Center, Hospice, Geriatrics

Farhad Arjomand, MDFarhad Arjomand, MD
Associate Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Center

John Zeibeq, MDJohn Zeibeq, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Evgeny Pinelis, MDEvgeny Pinelis, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Reza Samad, MDReza Samad, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Joshua Rosenberg, MDJoshua Rosenberg, MD
Medical Director, Surgical ICU; Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Medicine

Jose Orsini, MDJose Orsini, MD
Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Medicine


How to Apply

Applicants must register with the NRMP. We participate in ERAS online service. If you are not participating in ERAS you may send an application form. The following documentation, in addition to your application, is required for your file to be considered complete:

  • Dean's letter and medical school transcripts
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation from physicians in your present program and one from your internal medicine program director
  • Scores from USLME Steps 1 and 2
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Curriculum Vitae

Contact Us

Fellowship Coordinator
Julie Quiñonez
P: 718-250-6925/6976
F: 718-250-6493

Fellowship Director
Louis Gerolemou, DO
P: 718-250-8839/6925